Thursday, July 31, 2008

Wait and See

Juliana is now 19 days old and is still fighting. We have found out that she has an infection and is on antibiotics now. They have drawn more blood cultures and the infection is still brewing. Since removing the line where the infection started she has been improving. The nurses were able to wean her ventilator settings and she is requiring less and less oxygen. Until she is able to clear this infection the doctors will be unable to put in a central iv line. For now they are using two standard iv lines to give her nutrition and the medications she needs. Unfortunately these iv's are only good for a few days and she is running out of access points. They actually had to put an iv in a vein in her head as you can see in the picture.

For now and like it has been since day one it's just "wait and see". Hopefully the infections will start to clear up and the doctors will be able to put in a centralized iv. She also had an ultrasound of her stomach and she does have some type of fluid collecting. The doctors are not sure if it is blood or a collection of infectous fluid (an abscess). If it is blood then the treatment would be to let it clear up on it's own as surgery will most likely make it worse and cause more bleeding. If it is an abscess then they will have to either stick a needle in to remove the fluid or surgically go in to remove the fluid. At this point the doctors have decided to "wait and see". Despite it all Juliana is still growing and is now 660 grams (1lb 7oz). Please keep praying for her recovery.

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Juliana Maria was born on July 12, 2008. She is a micro preemie born at 1lb 2oz. 11-1/2 in 23 weeks and 4 days gestational age.